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Ireland round-up: Irish ministers allocate funds to unlock large housing projects; Calls for new state company to supply rental housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 March-31 March, 2017

Irish ministers allocate funds to unlock large housing projects

Irish local authorities are to spend €226 million on major infrastructure projects to make privately owned sites ready for large housing developments under a state initiative.

The Planner

Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell help drive golf industry

New research by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland has highlighted that spending on the sport in the Republic is nearly €380 million yearly and now accounts for 0.4 per cent of the country’s total consumer spending

Belfast Telegraph

Calls for new state company to supply rental housing

Trade union-backed think tank the Nevin Economic Research Institute has called for a new semi-state housing company to be established to supply the market with more affordable rental accommodation.

Irish Times

Up to 300,000 homes to be removed from broadband plan

The number of homes and businesses covered by the National Broadband Plan is to be reduced by up to 300,000 following an agreement between the Department of Communications and Eir, the state’s largest telecoms group.

The Irish Times

Apartments plan hit by childcare facility row

Consultants acting for businessman Denis O'Brien’s Purleigh Holdings have rejected a call from Dublin City Council that the firm's €50 million luxury flats development proposed for the Dublin 4 area of the capital should include a childcare facility.

Irish Independent

Coveney announces further Rent Pressure Zones

The government has designating Maynooth, County Kildare and Cobh, County Cork as so-called ‘Rent Pressure Zones’.

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Gannon planning new Dublin hotel

Developer Gerry Gannon is seeking planning permission for a multimillion-euro hotel with more than 200 bedrooms at Clongriffin, an expanding new town in north Dublin.

Irish Independent

Sligo to retain ban on fracking in county development plan

Wexford county councillors have unanimously voted – for a second time – to include a ban on fracking in the county’s new development plan. This move was against the advice of officials.

Irish Times

New tourism strategy for Limerick (pdf) 

Limerick City and County Council has begun a public consultation on a new tourism development strategy for the area.

Limerick City and County Council